12/2/21 Rock News
— Carlos Santana is canceling shows because of a “heart procedure.” The legendary guitarist released a video Wednesday saying he asked his wife to take him to the hospital over the weekend because of an issue with his chest, and that he’s “taking time off for a little bit to replenish and rest.” His management company says he underwent an “unscheduled heart procedure.” Santana was scheduled to play last night at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, where he has a residency. A press release says the 74-year-old guitarist has canceled his December shows and is “looking forward to returning” in January.
— A new documentary about the Elton John Lockdown Sessions is now streaming. “Inside the Lockdown Sessions” shows the rock legend making his new hit album, and features appearances from Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Miley Cyrus and other star collaborators. John shared a clip on Twitter and wrote, “Just in time for the holidays, I’m taking you ‘Inside the Lockdown Sessions.'” The three-part series is streaming exclusively on Apple Music.
— The new album from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss has hit the top ten on both the pop and country charts. “Raise the Roof” is a follow up to their platinum-selling 2007 collaboration “Raising Sand.” Billboard says the new release debuted at number seven this week on the Top 200 album chart, and came in at number three on the country chart. The album’s also an international hit, debuting in the top ten across Europe and in New Zealand. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss will tour Europe and the U.S. starting in June.
— Iron Maiden will be touring North America next year. The heavy-metal stars have announced 23 new dates on their Legacy of the Beast tour, which will criss-cross the U.S. in September and October, with a few stops in Canada. The tour began in Europe in 2018 and came to a halt last year because of the pandemic. Frontman Bruce Dickinson said in a statement they’re looking forward to the tour and going to cities they haven’t played in many years. The Iron Maiden tour will begin September 11th in El Paso.
— Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi have written their first song together in eight years. The pair reunited for Osbourne’s upcoming solo album, which features Iommi on lead guitar. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Iommi says he wrote the album’s title track and liked what Ozzy sang on it, and that it turned out “really good.” The last time they wrote a song together was for Black Sabbath’s final album in 2013. The new Ozzy Osbourne album is expected to arrive early next year.